The City and Borough of Juneau’s recent study of whether to reopen the AJ Mine put a spotlight on the city’s drinking water supply. The old mine’s ore body sits adjacent to, atop and below the city’s main water source, Last Chance Basin. Opponents of rekindling the mine say it would put Juneau’s drinking water in jeopardy.
As Casey Kelly reports, one former city official and one who’s retiring soon think the city should explore alternative water supplies regardless of whether the AJ moves forward.
- About 4,500 acres of heavily-logged forest will return to wilderness under a deal involving the federal government and a Southeast Alaska Native corporation.
- Andy Larson, 79, and Matthew Hanes, 32, hoisted from S/V Rafiki about 170 miles south of Sand Point early Wednesday.
- The company that sent the first big luxury cruise ship through U.S. and Canadian Arctic waters is preparing the Crystal Serenity for a repeat performance in 2017. But one expert believes this year’s historic transit doesn’t mean the Arctic is likely to become a hotspot for global shipping anytime soon.
- Federal fisheries oversight required in some busy Alaska salmon fisheries